I’ve been fascinated by traditional music since childhood. I grew up in Hornindal, Nordfjord on the west coast, in a home full of music: My grandfather played the Hardanger fiddle, my father played accordion and guitar, and my older brother played the accordion. But it was always the Hardanger fiddle that held the strongest attraction for me, and I remember sitting for hours on end listening to my granddad playing his fiddle in the evenings and telling stories from the old days.
I started learning to play on a little old black fiddle that my granddad had once traded for 25 kilos of barley. Later on, I had the opportunity to study fiddle playing in school. My teacher was Oddgeir Tomasgård, a genuine enthusiast and a driving force n Hornindal’s music community throughout the 70s and 80s. After a while, I joined a fiddlers’ group, and this was where I really got to know the Hornindal style, in particular the tunes of Lars Hjellbakk, a major influence on Hornindal music. Honndalstausene (“The Hornindal Girls”) were nominees for a Spelemann award around that time, and watching such talented ladies playing Hornindal music on national television was a real treat. But it was only after living away from Hornindal for several years that I truly realized how rich and varied the musical and cultural heritage of Nordfjord and Sunnmøre is, and how much creative effort is concentrated into that relatively small area.
For this recording, I have selected a number of my favourite tunes and songs from Hornindal and the immediate vicinity. I am very proud to be a part of this tradition, and sincerely hope that you will enjoy listening to these great tunes.
Britt Pernille Frøholm